GromSearch Series Presented By Banzai Bowls

The Rip Curl GromSearch is a series of events built for the most important surfers in the world … the grommets! Rip Curl has been running GromSearch since 1999. We want to continue to support the next generation of surfers with a fun and engaging series of events, at key surfing locations around the world.

THANK YOU to our sponsors - Banzai Bowls, Flexfit, SunBum, YETI, FCS, Softech Surfboards, GoPro, LOKAI, Oakley,, …Lost, & Wahoos Fish Taco

Huntington Beach, California: June 14-15, 2024

Kewalo Basin, Hawaii: July 13-14, 2024

New Smyrna Beach, Florida: August 17-18, 2024

Palm Springs Surf Club, California: October 5, 2024

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Featuring for the first time at GromSearch
- The Couch Surfing Show (coming to all 4 stops)!

Watch LIVE from The Couch Surfing Show, streaming on Youtube!

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Searching the Planet for the Ultimate Groms
3 divisions. 4 age groups. 4 National Champions. Who will be crowned this season?


Registration opening 5/15 at 3pm PST at!

Age Division Update

We have an update in the age divisions this year. We’ll be running:

  • Boys Under 16 (ages 14 & 15 by January 1st, 2024) - Born 2009
  • Boys Under 14 (age 13 by January 1st, 2024) - Born 2011
  • Girls Under 16 (ages 14 & 15 by January 1st, 2024) - Born 2009
  • Girls Under 14 (age 13 by January 1st, 2024) - Born 2011

The Couch Surfing Show

This year, we are beyond stoked about our newest addition to GromSearch, The Couch Surfing Show. Alani Media’s The Couch Surfing Show is Southern California’s #1 Live Surf News Show. Their hosts, Joe, Noah and Omar of Alani Media bring analysts onto the beach all across Southern California’s best surf breaks to talk surf news and report on the epic action unfolding live. For GromSearch, they will be onsite at all 4 stops (Huntington Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Kewalo Basin, and Palm Springs) providing live updates on heats, and bringing groms onto the couch to chat live. 

The Couch Surfing Show links:

Event News:

Currently in its 24th year running, the Rip Curl GromSearch series has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport.

Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include 3x World Champion Gabriel Medina, 2x World Champion Tyler Wright, Owen Wright, Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Mason Ho, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Malia Manuel, and Tatiana Weston-Webb... and many many more!

The GromSearch series gives kids Under 16 years of age  the opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country – and eventually, the world.

A global surf series, the winners of each regional National Final will be invited to compete in the GromSearch International Final, to be held at Lakey Peak, Indonesia in 2024!

This format not only provides groms an insight into the life of competitive surfing, but also gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves around the world.

All events feature priority, live scoring and four person heats.

GromSearch Series

2022 Season - Presented by Banzai Bowls
Qualifier Location Dates
West Coast Huntington Beach Pier, California June 14-15, 2024
Hawaii Kewalos, Oahu, Hawaii July 13-14, 2024
East Coast New Smryna Beach Inlet, Florida August 17-18, 2024
National Final Palm Springs Surf Club, Palm Springs, California October 5, 2024

GromSearch Series